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COME, THOU HOLY SPIRIT, COME / Pentecost

SEQUENCE OF PENTECOST
Veni Sacnte Spiritus
Ascr. to Innocent III, d.1216 / Samuel Webbe, d.1816

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English: HOLY SPIRIT, LORD OF LIGHT

COME, THOU HOLY SPIRIT, COME

1 Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come,
And from Thy celestial home,
Shed Thy ray of light divine;
Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come, Thou source of all our store,
Come, within our bosoms shine.
2 Thou of comforters the best,
Thou the soul's most welcome guest,
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor rest most sweet,
Grateful coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.
3 O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill;
Where thou art, not man hath naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
4 Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away;
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
5 On the faithful who adore,
And confess Thee evermore,
In Thy sev'nfold gifts descend;
Give them virtues sure reward,
Give them Thy salvation, Lord,
Give them joys that never end.


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